2017 Domaine de Vauroux Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnerre"

SKU #1423693 96 points Decanter

 100% Chardonnay Tasting notes: A beautiful, bright lemon fruit core with a quivering purity running throughout. Deliciously fresh and austere with a mouthwatering salinity on the very long finish. *Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2019*  (6/2019)

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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2019 | Send Email
This wine is the epitome of minerality, which is a signature note of the Montée de Tonnerre vineyard in Chablis. It's an incredibly pure, clean, and super bright Chardonnay with excellent acidity, sea breeze notes, juicy, zesty lemon, and Crispin apple profile, but mineral notes are dominant and absolutely fabulous. This would be a fantastic match for fresh ousters and Dungeness crab, for sure.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2019 | Send Email
Montée de Tonnerre is one of my personal favorite vineyard sites in Chablis. Crisp clean fruit, flinty while showing off beautiful chalky minerality at a price that makes it impossible to pass up! Domaine De Vauroux presents a beautiful bottle here with notes of apple, lime, a hint of guava, with soft vanilla on the nose. On the palate that crunchy apple shows nicely but is softened by some of the honeysuckle, and an almost creamy note that fades in. The chalk is evident though not intrusive. Once again I'm reminded why I adore these wines so much!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2019 | Send Email
Montee de Tonnerre is my favorite vineyard thanks to its close proximity to the Grand Crus. Oftentimes you get a similar drinking experience from the Montee de Tonnerre as a Grand Cru for a fraction of the price. This is definitely the case here, the 2017 Domaine de Varoux Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has white flower, spice and citrus notes with an electric palate of poached lemons, iodine, lychee and apple. Great balance and excellent persistence make this a wonderful Montee de Tonnerre.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.